The trouble began Monday afternoon.
As with the gun carnage on Austin's Sixth Street, reaction was quick ... and relentless.
Indeed it was.
Texas: You might die of heat stroke or freeze to death, but at least you won't learn critical race theory or get an abortion. https://t.co/TeRO3EMQDj— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) June 14, 2021
Tonight, the Dallas skyline has gone dark to conserve power. Tomorrow, Texas governor Greg Abbott will announce details about expanding Trump's border wall.— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) June 16, 2021
Don't elect Republicans unless you want to live like this. pic.twitter.com/RGWoTUgdGF
“Dang those frozen wind turbines ...” tweeted Laura Beil. Meanwhile, Jennifer Hiller is “Just over here shouting at my kids to close the door already so we don’t cause the Texas grid to collapse.” “Republican leadership in Texas is doing well, unless you like electricity,” posted Mark Jacob.
#txlege wasted an entire session crying over embryos, debating the genitals of children, putting more guns in the hands of white supremacists, clutching pearls over #CriticalRaceTheory, and suppressing votes -- meanwhile, it's not even 100 degrees.#AbbottFailedTexas https://t.co/SHIGsuf3J4— Ghazaleh Moayedi, DO, MPH 🏳️🌈 🏳️⚧️ (@dr_moayedi) June 14, 2021
Some were nicer -- and more policy-oriented -- about it.
Re-upping a story from the spring: ERCOT outlined some extreme scenarios earlier this year warning that a severe heat wave or drought combined with high demand for power could put the grid in jeopardy this summer. https://t.co/2sggQUmnLe— Erin Douglas (@erinmdouglas23) June 14, 2021
Experts say Abbott's reforms don’t go far enough in fixing the grid. While SB 3 details how power plants will be regulated, it fails to help homeowners save themselves—and their homes—from future disasters. https://t.co/R0EgOaOl8U— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) June 16, 2021
Very good point here: why is @ERCOT_ISO BEGGING us to turn off the power instead of PAYING us — like they do with big corporate folk — to consume less when the electric #grid is under stress? #txlege #showmethemoney https://t.co/LeBCgchWw4— Jay Root (@byjayroot) June 14, 2021
Some elevated their snark.
ERCOT spokesperson pic.twitter.com/sQzrMUVMWG— blaire erskine (@blaireerskine) June 14, 2021
Some were just blunt.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler calls out Texas Governor Greg Abbott over ERCOT: "Maybe when a corporation tells the governor that an unreliable power grid is bad for business, he'll finally listen. He doesn't seem to care about whether it's bad for people."https://t.co/mY9DmE95lq— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) June 15, 2021
Texas will lose power. People will die. And Greg Abbott will get re-elected. The sooner you accept this, the better.— Evan (@evan7257) June 15, 2021
Some spread the recriminations to Ted Cruz and Ken Paxton.
ERCOT warns to expect more Pigfoot sightings pic.twitter.com/ctKh5642CV— Thomas Salzman (@ThomasSalzman) June 14, 2021
First, Ted Cruz's national flag has a maple leaf on it.— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 15, 2021
Second, a gold fringe on the American flag should only be used in a military context and Ted treats military service as he does a power emergency in Texas--he dodges it. https://t.co/n9tnwbjKcH
Texas politicians did this, not the heat. pic.twitter.com/O2X1zscUE3— Alt Spec (@SpecAlt) June 14, 2021
So what was Greg Abbott's response to this epic failure? Why, he signed the critical race theory outlaw bill into law, invited Trump to join him at the southern border at the end of June to demagogue the border wall, and followed Steve Bannon's -- and several other scam artists' -- lead in soliciting public donations to fund its construction.
It was just Sunday night when John Oliver pointed out that Texas inmates were cooking in the state's prisons because the TDCJ won't provide air-conditioning.
Thanks to @LastWeekTonight, @iamjohnoliver, @csmcdaniel for bringing attention to the life-threatening heat in Texas prisons.— Jolie McCullough (@jsmccullou) June 14, 2021
Our latest update: TX House voted to *plan* to A/C prisons *if* they could later find funding. Even that died in the Senate. https://t.co/jP9rCvuOzR pic.twitter.com/02G74GaChL
Now we are all going to do so (unless you can afford your own generator), especially those who couldn't pay their electric bill previously.
The moratorium on disconnections, put in place after the February winter storm and power crisis, will end June 18. Advocates fear vulnerable residents could lose electricity and air conditioning at the hottest time of the year.https://t.co/agvfuPZVco#254Strong #txlege— Texas County magazine (@TexasCountymag) June 14, 2021
I have to believe that at some point all of the corporations and all of the conservatives moving to Texas from elsewhere are going to start reconsidering the wisdom of that, as Mayor Adler observed above. Low taxes aren't all there is to living.
Before this post runs too long, I'll hold the other Lege business -- Texas Dems in Washington meeting with Pelosi and the Lone Star delegation to receive their heroes' welcome for stopping SB7, and entreating their DC counterparts to stop the steal, to appropriate a phrase, by passing legislation that will block suppression efforts better than another walkout. And also Texas Monthly's "Best" and "Worst", Mark Jones' ideological ranking, and a few more things having to do with Juneteenth, and environmental, and whatever fresh hell may pop between now and tomorrow and Friday.
Here are a few calm-me-downs.
The legendary Wick Fowler tasting chili at the World Championship Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, 1970s. pic.twitter.com/AHE28XycB1— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) June 15, 2021
Well that about does it for my latest round of Austin, Texas photos. I'll see you again in August, Austin. All the photos shared here can be purchased as prints on my website at https://t.co/eeO9NMIGrp #atx #austintx #texas #austintexas #moon pic.twitter.com/ViOYNWfrcd— Christopher V. Sherman (@cvsherman) June 16, 2021
In Jacksonville, Palestine, and Tyler, local entrepreneurs cater to tourists looking for luxury (and a very fine slice of pie) amid the Piney Woods farms and fields.https://t.co/4NijOdN01y— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) June 13, 2021